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From the desk of the editor - Introducing current ideas, perspectives and issues, to the profession of pharmacy
Issue 28: July 2004
to the new look i2P E-Magazine format, and we hope that you enjoy
the easier access to articles, author information, and a very fast
There has been
insufficient time this month to import all the articles from the
old site, but this will be progressively done over time.
They form a great
reference library and a contemporary history of pharmacy as it has
evolved over the 4 years we have been publishing.
can still be accessed at: http://www.computachem.com.au/i2P/emag/Associated/EmagArchive2002.shtml
Neil Johnston - Management Consultant Perspective
Societies have been with us in an informal way since the First Fleet,
with many new settlers “passing around the hat” when a friend or
associate was involved in some difficulty due to an accident, infirmity
or poor health, even death and the need for a decent burial.
And quite commonly, the person meeting an immigrant on disembarkation,
would have most likely been a member of the same Friendly Society
back in England.
The Friendly Society principle was one of mutuality, in that a group
represented more stability and strength, than the resources of a
The first formally structured Friendly Society appeared in Australia
Rollo Manning - A Regular Column Reporting the News Behind the News
* Friendly Society
Group responds to pressure
* Advertising can create a market
* Rent subsidised by PBS
* Democrats name wholesalers for savings- who is game to take on the Pharmacy Guild?
* What Fourth Agreement?
* My quote of the month
Neil Retallick - A Friendly Society Perspective
the political level, there has been a lot written about the threat
of supermarkets entering the pharmacy market and taking share from
This discussion is centred around the notion of supermarkets introducing
dispensaries and scheduled OTC lines into their store formats.
While this debate rages amongst some of the major stakeholders in
the pharmacy market, and they compete for the ear of governments,
there is one key stakeholder group that is staying well away from
these battle lines.
companies and other suppliers to the pharmacy market are interested
spectators for whom it is business as usual.
Con Berbatis - A Pharmacy Researcher Perspective
: This report by Con Berbatis contends that Dr George Eckert’s greatest
contribution to health care in this country was to systematise the
assessment of medication usage in Australia’s teaching hospitals
and in so doing laid a foundation for clinical pharmacy research
and practice in Australia.
Ken Stafford - A Consultant Pharmacist Perspective
It is pleasing
to see that this newsletter is attracting the attention of people
outside the pharmacy profession.
Last week I received a most surprising phone call from a lady in
Sydney who is arranging an IT seminar for senior health figures.
Why ring me I wondered?
Karalyn Huxhagen - A Queensland PSA Councilor Perspective
new initiative from the rural and remote pharmacy workforce development
program (RRPWDP) that was announced at the end of last year is worth
considering by those pharmacists in a pharia 2-6 location.
(You can determine your pharia rating by going to http://www.gisca.adelaide.edu.au/projects/pharia.html
The new initiative is called the rural pharmacist pre-registration
incentive allowance and provides up to $10, 000 to pharmacies in
these locations who employ a pre-registration student for a continuous
twelve month period.
Val Johanson - A Complementary Healthcare Perspective
14 million Australians
use natural health products (complementary medicines) representing
many millions of voters.
A recent consumer survey has shown that given a choice, 78% of consumers
would prefer to take a natural health product rather than a pharmaceutical
formulation. (Mayne 2004)
Natural healthcare is an holistic approach to enhancing health and
wellness and preventing disease and encompasses lifestyle, nutrition
Current health policy in Australia is premised on the treatment
of disease rather than health optimisation, and is resulting in
an escalating healthcare Bill that was clearly enunciated in the
2002-03 Federal Budget, which included an Intergenerational Report
outlining the future impact of an ageing population on Commonwealth
Simon Rudderham - A Community Pharmacist Perspective
Once again on Auspharmlist,
the efficacy of homeopathy is being vigorously discussed.
homeopathy in order to get my naturopathic qualifications, I found
it very difficult to comprehend as I had a predominantly scientific
I found that
the more I read, it provided me with more questions than it did
As a direct result
of only having a limited understanding of this modality, I find
that I do not recommend it to anybody.
Yet I keep a
large range of homeopathics.
Chris Arblaster, PhD - A Consumer Self-Care Perspective
use of so-called health claims on food products has become an important
issue for the self-medication industry over the last few years.
There has been a plethora of new products being fortified with a
range of nutritional substances and subsequently making health claims.
The industry's concerns related to the apparent intention of the
Australia-NZ Food Regulation Ministerial Council to permit foods
to make a variety of therapeutic claims as set out in their "Policy
Les Brener - A Digital Imaging Perspective
In our last communication
we mentioned the growing and rapidly booming digital trend going
through the photographic industry.
are not all that cheerful with the drop of sales of film and film
processing continuing to slide down faster that anticipated.
is still growing but so is the growth of printing from digital memory
cards in camera stores, and especially through the Digital Photo
Kiosks, which we have been discussing.